June 2012 – present
Like the rest of Cars Land, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree opened in 2012 as part of California Adventure’s first major expansion. The Junkyard closely resembles Mater’s stomping ground from the film, and fans will recognize the baby tractors from the tractor-tipping scene featuring Mater and Lightning McQueen. Since 2012, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree has drawn steady crowds, instantly becoming a favorite among Cars Land visitors.
- Single Rider Line – no
- Fast Pass – no
- Height Requirement – 32″ (82 cm)
- Duration – 1:30
Guests arrive at the Junkyard and load into rusty tractors. When the music starts, Mater serenades riders as they twist and turn around the junkyard. After the jamboree comes to an end, Mater thanks his new friends and wishes them well as they continue their adventures in Cars Land.
MY RATING: ★★★★☆
The Junkyard Jamboree is really fun. When I visit with friends, we always try to jam three of us into the tiny cars; we lean as far as we can to make the cars really whip on the turns! Many older guests skip over the Jamboree in favor of bigger rides, but believe me when I say it’s entertaining for guests of all ages.
There are two different tracks, so this ride loads very quickly. If you see a lot of guests waiting in line, don’t be intimidated; the waiting area for this ride is actually much, much smaller than most, especially in Cars Land. Of course, crowd levels depend on the season, so during peak season you will inevitably have to wait. With that in mind, visit the Junkyard whenever you’re ready to explore Cars Land; there’s not much difference between morning and afternoon crowds at the Jamboree.
Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) sings 5 different songs throughout the day: The One You Want To Call, Mater’s Square Dance, Let’s Go Driving, Big Bulldozer, and Junkyard Jamboree.
The Jamboree is a Cars-themed version of the Mad Tea Party.